Law Student Volunteer

SDNY
Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
One Saint Andrews Plaza
86 Chambers Street
NY, NY 10007
United States
About the Office: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York has jurisdiction over the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, as well as Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties. AUSAs in its Criminal Division prosecute a wide range of federal cases involving, among other things, terrorism, white collar and cybercrime, mortgage fraud, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, international narcotics trafficking, and criminal civil rights violations. AUSAs in its Civil Division handle a challenging caseload of affirmative and defensive cases in a broad array of subject matters, including civil rights enforcement, environmental protection, health care and financial fraud, national security issues, tax and bankruptcy cases, challenges to administrative or regulatory actions, constitutional claims, immigration matters, and all varieties of tort and employment discrimination claims against the federal government. AUSAs are assigned to either the Criminal Division or Civil Division. The USAO’s main office is located in Manhattan, and its branch office is located in White Plains, NY.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney’s Office accepts a certain number of law student externs during the school year, in both our Civil and Criminal Divisions in Manhattan, and in our White Plains branch office. Law students interested in committing to no less than ten hours per week for 12-16 weeks during the spring or fall semester, and to no less than 120 hours for winter term, may submit an application for an externship. An application for an externship consists of a resume, a law school transcript (a copy is acceptable), a writing sample (no longer than five pages), and a cover letter explaining your interest in working in the Office; your preference for a work location (Civil, Criminal, or White Plains); and how the externship relates or will relate to your course of study at the law school. The application should be submitted via e-mail to  usanys-fallspringjan@usdoj.gov. To be considered for a Spring externship we must receive your application no later than the preceding Spetember and will endeavor to advise you of your status by November 1. To be considered for a fall externship we must receive your application no later than the preceding May and we will endeavor to advise you of your status by June 15.  To be considered for a winter externship we must receive your application no later than the preceding September and we will endeavor to advise you of your status by October 15.  We will consider applications on a rolling basis during these times frames.  If applicable, please indicate in your cover letter the date by which your school will need to know whether this Office has offered you (submit to the conditions below) an externship position.

Qualifications: 

U.S. Citizen
Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

U.S. Residency Requirement
For three of the five years immediately prior to applying for an internship, the applicant must (i) have resided in the United States; (ii) have worked for the United States overseas in a federal or military capacity; or (iii) have been a dependent of a federal or military employee serving overseas.

Background Check
Students who have been preliminarily selected for an internship or externship position must thereafter supply information for a background check and be granted a favorable security clearance in order to work in this Office.

School Permission
Your law school must execute a Volunteer Agreement as part of the final clearance process for students who have been preliminarily selected for an internship or externship position.

No Payment
Internships and externships are unpaid. Summer interns may apply for stipends that are offered by private fellowship associations with funds administered by a committee of the Federal Bar Council. Further information concerning these stipends is made available at the time a student is preliminarily selected for the summer internship.

Conflict of Interest
Law student interns and externs cannot work for or be paid by another law firm or similar entity during the period of the internship or externship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Interns and externs are also prohibited from participating in any law school or other legal clinic involving litigation with or proceedings before the United States or any federal entity during the period of the internship or externship. Written consent from the U.S. Attorney’s Office is required to participate in any other type of law school or legal clinic, or in any other type of outside employment, during the period of the internship or externship.

Salary: 
These are uncompensated internships
Application Process: 

An application for an externship consists of a resume, a law school transcript (a copy is acceptable), a writing sample (no longer than five pages), and a cover letter explaining your interest in working in the Office; your preference for a work location (Civil, Criminal, or White Plains); and how the externship relates or will relate to your course of study at the law school. The application should be submitted via e-mail to usanys.fallspringjan@usdoj.gov

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
N/A
Number of Positions: 
We typically hire 30 externs for the Spring and Fall.
Updated May 1, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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